Finding a way to hope. Nottingham has had me work’n it. Working for hope to counter the unbridled mediocrity so readily available.

Finding a way to hope. Nottingham has had me work’n it. Working for hope to counter the unbridled mediocrity so readily available.

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Hello folks, I’ve been taking a new course with a construction comrade. We have both worked together for many years. He has worked on my stuff for clients and I have physically worked on his stuff for his fellow contractor clients. We have decided to learn more about how money works in the worlds of development finance and real estate…

Week of Nov. 7, 2013 – I’m taking a break this week. Life.

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Driveway House Part 3 – How it came to be. A snapshot on a journey.

Driveway House Part 3 – How it came to be. A snapshot on a journey.

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1294 College Street – The Driveway House.   So skip forward 6-8 years: I find myself recently divorced as well as completing 157 Coxwell – the house on Stilts in Toronto – as well as completing a very luxury condominium interior as well spending almost every lunch hour with my senior kindergarden age daughter at school. I would also spend…

Continued … More on the Slow Genesis of ‘The Driveway House’

Continued … More on the Slow Genesis of ‘The Driveway House’

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‘The Driveway House’ is another representation of the architecture of hope. Many people have hope for architecture and good design. We will all express that hope in many ways, every month or year of our existence. Why a driveway in the middle of downtown Nottingham? Did I or do I not have bigger ambitions? Who could live in something so…

… And before ‘The Driveway House’ was the house on stilts, 157 Coxwell Ave. – A.K.A. ‘The Lego House’

… And before ‘The Driveway House’ was the house on stilts, 157 Coxwell Ave. – A.K.A. ‘The Lego House’

The evolution of the driveway house is part of my personal journey of hope. By hope I mean; finding or making hope in unexpected places, in unexpected ways while working with the skills and sensibilities of the people of the community in which I gratefully live. Now some of you think that would be easy and I wish it were,…

1294 College Street, Toronto, Canada – A.K.A. The Driveway House – A ‘Photo’ -spective.

1294 College Street, Toronto, Canada – A.K.A. The Driveway House – A ‘Photo’ -spective.

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Hi Folks it has been a very very busy week for me and I’m grateful to Nottingham (a.k.a. Toronto) for the work.  In the next few weeks I will be writing on the genesis of the Driveway House, otherwise known as 1294 College Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In the meantime let me start off with a few pictures professionally down by…

Mary Pratt – Artist, Mother, Inspiration, Feminist of the timeless kind – Creator, Partner, Parent, Lover, Adaptor, Human Being, and so on …

Mary Pratt – Artist, Mother, Inspiration, Feminist of the timeless kind – Creator, Partner, Parent, Lover, Adaptor, Human Being, and so on …

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This morning I was listening to Michael Enright of the CBC Radio interview Mary Pratt – Artist and wife of Christopher Pratt. Mary had raised 4 kids with Christopher and allowed him to be the main breadwinner and light for the family. Although quite talented and gifted Mary dimmed her light and drive back in the day to give that…

Is Architecture Dead? … in Toronto … Part 7

Is Architecture Dead? … in Toronto … Part 7

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Is Architecture Dead? … in Toronto … Part 7 About 3 or 4 years ago, I had the privilege of introducing this project to several building code city engineers for their opinions and to discuss the possibility of this Water House proposal as it related to building code. By and large they were supportive because the science of its concept…

Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 6

Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 6

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Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 6 1. The architecture of Survival is alive. 2. The architecture of Utility is alive. (Reactive Utilitarianism) 3. The architecture of comfort is dead. (For all intents and purposes) 4. The architecture of luxury is dead. (For all intents and purposes) What are some of the steps that might bring life back to…

Is Architecture Dead … In Toronto? Part 6 – Takes a Break due to T.V. Filming of my Studio/Home

Is Architecture Dead … In Toronto? Part 6 – Takes a Break due to T.V. Filming of my Studio/Home

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Is Architecture Dead … in Toronto? Part 6 This week I’m going to take I had to take a bit of a break from writing due to the fact of having my home/studio be filmed by HGTV Extreme homes – a collaboration between the London England office and the Nashville U.S.A office. (http://www.hgtv.ca/extremehomes/). I had to do a very large…